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  1. mct2762

    mct2762 Banned Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    Do any of the schools out there use primarily E-books for their textbooks? I found out that my school apparently moved to e-books last year and it kind of scares me.

    For those that use e-books now, have you had any problems?
     
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  3. cliquesh

    cliquesh 7+ Year Member

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    I have an iPad with all of my books on it. Its convenient and the ebooks are cheaper than hardcopies. I'd recommend getting a tablet or iPad.
     
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    crazy87 Mr. McGibblets 5+ Year Member

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    what program do you use to read the books?

    edit: i mean what application?
     
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    frosted_flake waaahmbulance attendant Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    I have some books as E-books, and some of them hard copies. Nothing like a physical paper book. I feel like I don't absorb as much information when I read it off of a computer screen.
     
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    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    Just because they're using ebooks doesn't mean you can't also buy a hard copy of the ones you use the most.
     
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    frosted_flake waaahmbulance attendant Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    True! That's a good idea.
     
  8. abolt18

    abolt18 Turkey can never beat cow 2+ Year Member

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    I use no paper. All my books are electronic copies (pdf) and I've found iBooks to be the best when handling huge books.
     
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    Mad Jack Critically Caring Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

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    My biggest issue with ebooks has always been the distraction potential of reading on an internet capable device. The siren song of SDN will surely be my downfall...
     
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    mct2762 Banned Banned Account on Hold 2+ Year Member

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    Haha so so true
     
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    cliquesh 7+ Year Member

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    Goodreader for most of my PDF books and kindle-something for the books I've bought on amazon.
     
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    XFireMedic 2+ Year Member

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    I like to write margin notes and annotate my pages when I read. Are you guys able to do all of those things when you use eBooks with goodreads or a similar program?


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    tripl3s3v3n 7+ Year Member

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    When I took Cell & Molecular biology they hardcopy came with a ebook version and I found myself using the ebook so much I sold the hardcopy. I was able to search the text for what I was looking for and copy sections of text quickly onto a separte word document for notes. I imagine if you were using something with a pen like a galaxy note 10.1 you could annotate directly onto the text or images and that would be pretty helpful.
     
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    xnfs93hy 7+ Year Member

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    e-books are great, but I've always preferred using an actual textbook, instead. Like another poster suggested, you could try to get all of your e-books as hard copies, instead.
     
  15. crazy87

    crazy87 Mr. McGibblets 5+ Year Member

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    Thanks!
     
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    kami333 7+ Year Member

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    I have a lot of ebooks and there are advantages and disadvantages as mentioned, it's a little hard to get used to. I bought a laser printer with cheap toner (a refurbished Brother) and print out chapters if I really need to for some reason. Comes out to be about 2cents per page.


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    Essentially all of my class uses e-books. Most people have a hard copy of an Atlas for anatomy, neuro, and histo.

    I was happy with e-books for all else, except for a few from the BRS series and FA (obviously).

    I just use the Book app on an iPad but some of the Samsung stuff with the stylus makes me a little jelly.
     
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    Mine does. My students seem to have no problem with digital vs hard copy. I'm an old fart so I like hard copy.


     
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